150 rare species tortoises seized in Jessore

150 rare species tortoises seized in Jessore

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 150 tortoises of a rare species from Mandartala area in Sadar upazila of Jessore district early Monday.Rab-6 sources said tipped off that some rare species tortoises were being smuggled into the country from India, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in the area and intercepted a truck at about 12:30am.Sensing the presence of the Rab members, the smugglers managed to flee from the scene.

Later, the Rab members recovered 150 tortoises of a rare species, stuffed in eight sacks, after searching the vehicle.The seized tortoises were handed over to the Forest Department.A case was filed in this connection. -UNB, Benapole

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